Tell Me, Why Do Celebrity Memoirs Use So Much Punctuation? And Other Questions: On Celebrity Memoirs

There has been a new emerging genre from celebrities in the past twenty years; instead of writing or co-writing autobiographies at the end of their careers, many celebrities have taken to essay writing. Mid-career, or in the height of their fame, a celebrity will publish a book that is not a biography, nor quite a … Continue reading Tell Me, Why Do Celebrity Memoirs Use So Much Punctuation? And Other Questions: On Celebrity Memoirs

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Leaders, Lawmakers, and Lovers: “The 100” as Literature and Television

On Wednesday, I handed a brand-new copy of the 2017 release Rebellion by Kass Morgan to the librarian so she could scan it. The librarian looked at the book and asked me, "Did you watch last week’s episode?" She wasn't referring to the book in my hand, but rather to the television show The 100, … Continue reading Leaders, Lawmakers, and Lovers: “The 100” as Literature and Television

“Blood of my Blood”: Exploring Themes of Adoption and Lineage in “Outlander”

'Ye are Blood of my Blood, and Bone of my Bone. I give ye my Body, that we Two might be One. I give ye my Spirit, 'til our Life shall be Done.' Even a casual fan recognizes these words as the vows that wed Jamie and Claire Fraser in Diana Gabaldon’s 1991 novel Outlander. … Continue reading “Blood of my Blood”: Exploring Themes of Adoption and Lineage in “Outlander”

(Don’t) Settle for Me: Comparing the Love Triangles of 19th Century Classics with The CW’s Musical Comedy “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”

Shipping Wars Today we’re talking about everyone’s favorite trope to hate on: the love triangle. Love triangles in many modern stories have a bad reputation for being underdeveloped, prolonged for drama’s sake, or pulled from thin air to bring more attention to the series. The "shipping wars” that are generated within television shows and trilogies … Continue reading (Don’t) Settle for Me: Comparing the Love Triangles of 19th Century Classics with The CW’s Musical Comedy “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”

“Is there no forgiveness?”: Marriage, Adultery, and Forgiveness in Winston Graham’s “Poldark” Series

“There's no paradise in love! It's - you're thinking in the wrong way. (...) Tis all wrong to speak of paradise. It is a terrible mistake to pretend it is something quite different.” - The Four Swans, Winston Graham Poldark is a buzz word these days, with the insanely popular BBC show wrapping up its … Continue reading “Is there no forgiveness?”: Marriage, Adultery, and Forgiveness in Winston Graham’s “Poldark” Series

The Reverse Harem: Women as Symbols of Domesticity and Civilization in Classic Literature and Modern Television

Throughout history, women's role, even when placed as subservient to men, has been one of influence, one that even when hidden away in the private sphere of the home, could change society. On the American Frontier, as men* explored lightly-populated land out West, sparking the mythos of the cowboy, the culture that developed was seen … Continue reading The Reverse Harem: Women as Symbols of Domesticity and Civilization in Classic Literature and Modern Television